Traffic Jam for Developing Economies

Road traffic injuries (RTIs)—90% of which occur in low- and middle-income countries—are a preventable tragedy, and a hindrance to economic growth and developing countries’ overall welfare, according to a new data roundup.

The traffic study analyzed data from 135 countries over 24 years, homing in on China, India, the Philippines, Tanzania, and Thailand, to quantify the economic and social welfare toll of RTIs. Researchers found that RTIs are the chief killer and cause of long-term disability among people of prime working age, 15-29.

In some countries, halving traffic deaths and injuries could add 7-22% to GDP per capita over 24 years.

The World Bank

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